Well, it’s Black History month and it seems that over the years we have gradually settled comfortably into commemorating a compilation of facts; who invented this and who did what to that. Of course we should honor those who have made accomplishments and breakthroughs after all, this is partly what history is all about. We ought to celebrate inventors and innovators; the courageous and risk-takers. It is our duty to pass this knowledge on to our children. But I fear that we hold our heads up high and have become fat with pride in our color and the accomplishments of others; protecting our Blackness and our rights to be without moving forward with selfless intent as those who we celebrate have done.
Today is the day to be headed somewhere. You and I were created at this time and in this skin not by accident but with divine intent and purpose by God. It is not by happenstance that you are an African American born in the 20th or 21st century. Your color is no more of a coincidence than your gender or the parents to whom you were born. You are relevant.
To be relevant means what you do or refuse to do has an effect. You were endowed by God to do, to move, take risks, set goals and complete tasks. What is it that you are doing with this in mind? Does each sunrise just rest on you and you simply bask in its glory without wondering why you were allowed to witness its beauty? Or do you kick off the sheets excited about getting up and out and walking in your calling.
We now have the right to vote, yes, we can say what we want to say and praise our God with liberty. Now what? What will you do today because you are relevant?